Victor Osimhen went on to release Napoli to return to Napoli on Monday after spending the night under observation at a hospital in Bergamo after a horrific fall near the club’s 4-2 Serie A end with Atalanta on Sunday.
Osimhen was subconsciously beaten in a terrifying incident during the final minutes of the match following a challenge by Cristian Romero; he was stretched off the pitch and taken straight to hospital.
A close adviser to the player told ESPN that Osimhen was shocked when he saw the video of the incident.
“He couldn’t believe it when they showed him the video from the incident,” the councilor said.
“He said it felt like a brain transplant.”
Numerous reports say the Nigerian regained consciousness on the way to the hospital, but the source tells ESPN that Osimhen was out for a little longer.
“He said he lost consciousness for about 30 minutes,” the counselor said. “It wasn’t until they got to the hospital that he really understood what was going on around him and that’s when they showed him the video.”
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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr told ESPN he was worried about his star striker but happy to see him back on his feet.
“I was watching and I was, of course, worried,” Rohr said.
“But I talked to him and I’m relieved now that he’s okay and ready to play again if the doctors say he’s okay.”
Rohr and the near Osimhen councilor both said the player had confirmed to them that he had been sent off to play for Napoli in the club ‘s next game, the UEFA Europa League match against Granada at home on Thursday.
Rohr will name his squad for the final round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations games coming up next month, with Osimhen expected to be in the squad.
The German told ESPN the forward was still not at full throttle after recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during Nigerian credentials in November and then being caught with COVID-19 while on holiday in Nigeria over Christmas.
“We’re glad Osimhen is back,” Rohr said. “He told me he is 70-80% physically fit.
“For a long time he did not start the game since our last game in November. His injury was a surprise to everyone on the team. So it was a difficult winter for him and also COVID but a- now we’re on the right track I’m happy about it. “
Osimhen is the second Nigerian player in Europe to fall after a challenge by an opposing player.
Last year, while playing for Mainz 05, Taiwo Awoniyi was inadvertently knocked down after an accident by Felix Udoakhai at FC Augsburg.
Like Osimhen, Awoniyi was stretched out and taken straight to the hospital. Awoniyi told ESPN at the time he had no recollection of incidents between the park and the hospital.
“It was a scary experience for me and I thank God for everything,” Awoniyi said.
“I didn’t watch the game to see what happened to Osimhen, but I read about it later in the news and I pray for him and I hope he is well and that he will come very soon. “